BGN 16 M to Be Given for Bulgarian Movies in 2009
The Bulgarian Ministry of Culture's 2009 budget foresees BGN 16 M for Bulgarian movie production.
This was announced by the Ministry's press office.
A government decree orders that 10% of the money, or BGN 1,6 M, will be kept for the second half of 2009, as an anti crisis measure. The rest of the BGN 16 M will be distributed between the Spring and Fall session of the Executive Agency "National Film Center".
The 13th annual Sofia Film Festival, a major cinema industry event in the region, started on March 5 and will continue until March 26. A total of 90 movies, another 40 from the documentary genre and 60 short movies feature in the schedule of festival.
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This is ridiculous! Movies, and any art form for that matter, should be privately funded. The market is the only mechanism through which it can be determined what kind of art and culture people are interested in and therefore funded. The state has no place in making that decision. Bulgarians just can't let go of the communist way of thinking.
They should spend ALL of the money on a movie about the cultural revolution & economic miracle achieved by Tsar Sergey and Pharaoh Parvanov, and whatever is left should be spent on solid gold statues of our illustrious leaders in each and every municipality across the land.